Shenandoah Valley has record enrollment of 1,219 students

Sep. 30—SHENANDOAH — Shenandoah Valley School District has a record enrollment of 1,219 students this year, with 550 at the high school and 669 at the elementary school.

"Our enrollment this year is the highest enrollment that I am aware of in Shenandoah Valley School District history," Superintendent Brian K. Waite said at Wednesday's school board meeting. On Aug. 23, the total enrollment at the district was 1,194.

With the expanding student population, Waite said, parents who want to register their children at the district must have the appropriate documentation for the registration process.

"One thing we want to make sure that parents are aware of is making sure that they come with the appropriate forms showing that they have residency in our district," Waite said, "so that we can enroll them promptly and get them into our school. If they do not have the appropriate requirements for registration, we cannot enroll them."

Waite praised the successful opening and operations of the new school year.

"I'd like to thank our secretaries, custodians, cleaning staff, van and bus drivers, paraprofessionals, professional staff, (administrators) and the Board of Education for a successful opening of the 2022-23 school district," he said.

Waite announced that the Shenandoah Valley band was awarded a grant by the Peter R. Marsh Foundation for the second consecutive year. The $1,000 grant will be used to promote activities sponsored by the school's music department.

Waite also announced a couple of initiatives the district has coming for the fall.

In October, an engineer from Mrs. T's Pierogies will return to the district to work with the elementary students and help them make connections between STEM classroom learning and "real-world applications," Waite said. The engineer had previously visited the district on Sept. 23 to assist sixth grade students in STEM classes.

On Oct. 4, Schuylkill County District Attorney Michael A. O'Pake will visit Shenandoah Valley to give presentations about the following topics: social media (for sixth graders), vaping (for seventh graders) and sexting (for eighth graders).

In other business, the board also:

—Approved the Schuylkill County Guest Teacher Program for Laura Biasco and Angelina Fritz.

—Approved the Bloomsburg University student practicum placements, retroactive to Sept. 9, for Johnna Deihl, Rachel Florio, Madeline Newman and Madison Sloan.

—Approved homebound instruction for student 20613, retroactive to Aug. 24.

—Appointed Nicole Reese as the 2022-23 spelling bee coordinator.

—Approved the letter of resignation from secondary English teacher Kelly Sajone.

—Approved a $1,000 donation to the Shenandoah Public Library.

—Approved the Shenandoah Valley football team's request to attend the Army game at West Point on Nov. 19.

—Approved the purchase of boys' basketball uniforms for the 2022-23 season.

—Approved the retirement of Estelle McLaren, kitchen assistant and high school server, effective Nov. 27.

—Retroactively approved the 2022-23 contract for the transportation of students between the Shenandoah Valley School District and the Schuylkill Technology Center campuses.

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